Livin Veg offers some advice about how to keep on keeping on:
Being an activist can sometimes feel like the weight of the world is on our shoulders. Like everything we do or don’t do will not only impact the world, but will also tell us what kind of person we are. In my experience vegetarians and vegans tend to live their lives by their ethics. More than most people. Otherwise, in most cases, they never would have given up meat. But all of that weight on our shoulders can get awfully heavy.[...]
But the truth is activists tend to be pretty selfless people. I know when I do something just for me, I tend to feel guilty, like I’m being selfish. Like there are more important things I could be doing with my time. But, those selfish moments make me a better activist.
So, activists, I’ve got a few questions for you:
- How active do you think someone needs to be in order to be an “activist”?
- What do you do that’s “selfish”?
- Do you think burnout is a big problem? Or is it something else, like distraction or in-fighting?